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Definitive Map and statement

The County Council is required to maintain a definitive map and statement of public rights of way. This is the legal record of public rights of way in Leicestershire.

Only the Definitive Map provides current, conclusive evidence of the existence of a right of way. However, paths not shown on the Definitive Map may also carry public rights.

For information on walking maps or to report a problem on a public right of way see where to walk in Leicestershire

How to arrange a viewing

The master Definitive Map can be viewed by appointment at County Hall, Glenfield.

Email: footpaths@leics.gov.uk
Phone: 0116 305 0001

Viewing a copy of the Definitive Map

A copy of the Definitive Map can be viewed at the following libraries:

The paper edition copies are dated October 2011. Changes have been made since then.

Legal and business use of the Definitive Map

For statutory or formal purposes (e.g. planning applications), only the master Definitive Map should be used to accurately confirm the location and status of public rights of way.

Buying an extract from the Definitive Map

Buying a Definitive Map extract automatically includes a search for rights of way matters relating to the property, including any outstanding cases.

A search costs £40 (VAT not applicable) and can be requested by sending a cheque, made payable to Leicestershire County Council to:

Safe and Sustainable Travel Team
Room 700
County Hall
Glenfield
Leicester
LE3 8RJ

Changes to the Definitive Map

It is the duty of the County Council to make sure the Definitive Map reflects reality by modifying it to remove discrepancies between the rights that exist and those that are recorded.

The Council must make and confirm a definitive map modification order which must be supported by suitable legal evidence, before a change can be made to the Definitive Map.

Contact the Safe and Sustainable Travel Team for more information about how to:

  • Divert or close a public right of way
  • Add or change a public right of way by agreement or by order
  • Add, remove or change a public right of way based on evidence
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